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EAA Government Advocacy Campaign To Prevent User Fees

Learn About The Issue

The information below is current as of August 6, 2007. As the Senate and House bills progress through several more committee reviews and joint committee reviews, the details within them will be subject to several changes. As the leader in recreational activities, you can be assured that EAA will be safeguarding the user fee gate to ensure recreational aviation activities are kept closed and protected.

The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released their version of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (HR 2881) on 6/28/2007. House bill bullet points.

  • This proposed authorization bill is does not contain any mention of applying users fees to general aviation aircraft. While this is good news today - tomorrow could be another story, as the bill still has to progress through several other House Committees prior the to full House membership voting on it. It then must be go before a joint House and Senate Committee to work out the differences. Only then will it become law.
  • "This proposed House bill is a positive step on our efforts to prevent the establishment of a User Fee System. EAA is appreciative of the members of the House Aviation subcommittee who listened to general aviations concerns and responded in such a positive way," Tom Poberezny.
  • EAA overview article dated June 28, 2007.

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released their version of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S.1300) on 5/3/2007.

  • This proposed authorization bill is does contain requirements for the FAA to collect surcharge fees from users of the National Airspace System (NAS), including a $25.00 surcharge per flight (but not on piston-powered general aviation aircraft)
  • "EAA appreciates the efforts of Sens. Rockefeller and Lott as a true departure from the plan put forth by the Bush administration. "Alternatives to the current revenue system may exist and EAA is willing to explore them. But we consistently oppose any establishment of user fees." Doug Macnair, EAA VP Government Relations
  • EAA overview article dated May 4, 2007.

The FAA Administration's initial Reauthorization Act as presented to Congress by the DOT and the FAA on February 14, 2007.

  • The DOT/FAA proposed bill is full of user fees and other anti-general aviation actions, including stopping all Federal airport improvement funding for small general aviation airports.
  • "EAA remains categorically opposed to user fees. Such a system will not enhance safety, it will not improve services, and it will add barriers for thousands of recreational aviators while being a costly burden to the federal government." Tom Poberezny.
  • EAA overview article dated February 5, 2007.

Tom Poberezny personally discusses EAA's opposition to the proposed DOT/FAA user fees bill with Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), ranking member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, February 21, 2007.

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